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Syrian government forces capture more areas in Aleppo
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies captured new ground on the edge of the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, tightening the siege on rebel-held parts of the city, state media and an activist group said.The latest push came after pro-government troops recaptured several military academies over the weekend that they had lost in attacks by insurgents a month ago.
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Mosul Offensive to Begin in Coming Weeks, General Says
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, says fight to retake the jihadist-held city will be long and difficult.
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Syrian Kurds, allies to approve federal plan despite Turkey
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies will approve a constitution for a new system of government in northern Syria next month, a top Kurdish politician said, defying a Turkish incursion aimed at curbing Kurdish influence in the area.
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Syrian rebel wants 'safe zone', says it needs deal with Russia
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey-backed Syrian rebels would like to see a "safe zone" set up in areas of the border they are capturing from Islamic State, but this would need an agreement between the United States, Turkey and Russia, a rebel commander said on Tuesday.
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Turkey refuses to join US-led offensive on ISIS-held Raqqa if Kurds involved
A rift has opened up between NATO allies US and Turkey over the part Syrian Kurdish forces should play in the liberation of Raqqa from Islamic State terrorists as Ankara has openly rejected taking part in any operation that would involve the Kurds. Read Full Article at
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Battle for Mosul: Sharp uptick in civilian deaths
Monitors and officials say there's been a marked increase in civilian deaths as Iraqi forces push into Mosul's Old City.
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US helicopters in daring assault against ISIS
Fighters in Syria have begun a major ground offensive, backed up by US forces, to retake a vital dam near Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS, a US official told CNN Wednesday.
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Iraq launches operation to retake western Mosul from ISIS
Iraqi forces have launched a major military operation to retake the western part of Mosul from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced. Read Full Article at
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Twitter star visits Syrian boy who lost legs
Two days after losing his legs in the bombing of a Syrian village, a 10-year-old boy received a special visitor Saturday at his hospital bedside.
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Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria's Manbij
Turkish president's plan to clear Kurdish forces from Syrian city and set up a safe zone elicits Kurdish defiance.
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Jordan commander: IS expands hold in border camp for Syrians
JORDAN-SYRIA BORDER (AP) — Armed Islamic State extremists are expanding their influence in a sprawling camp for displaced Syrians on Jordan's border, posing a growing threat to the U.S.-allied kingdom, a senior Jordanian military commander said.
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Al-Bab: 'When the tide is turning, ISIL go apocalyptic'
Ankara's plans to push further east and south of al-Bab might face serious diplomatic challenges, say analysts.
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UN: 'Looming catastrophe' in four besieged towns
UN official pleads with Assad government to allow life-saving aid deliveries to 60,000 civilians trapped in four towns.
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Islamic State's Syrian stronghold should be isolated by spring: UK minister
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Western-backed Syrian forces should isolate Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria "by the spring" before an offensive on the city itself, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Saturday.
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ISIS fighter Khaled Sharrouf becomes first to lose citizenship under Australia’s anti-terrorism law
Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, whose little son shocked the world by holding up the severed head of a soldier in a picture, has become the first Australian to be stripped of citizenship under the country’s anti-terrorism laws, a report says. Read Full Article at
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UN says 30,000 have returned to Iraq's Mosul
KHAZER, Iraq — Some 30,000 people have returned to Mosul since Iraqi forces launched a massive operation in October to retake the country's second largest city from the Islamic State group, the U.N. said Tuesday.The number of returnees has increased since Iraqi forces drove the militants from the eastern half of the city last month, according to U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid. IS still holds western Mosul, home to an estimated 750,000 people.
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Fighting the flames of ISIL in Iraq
Firefighters are still working to extinguish the oil wells torched by ISIL as the group retreated from Qayyara.
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Syrian army, allies cut off Islamic State supply route near al-Bab: monitor
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army and its allies advanced towards the northern Islamic-State held city of al-Bab on Monday, cutting off the last main supply route that connects to militant strongholds further east towards Iraq, a monitor said.
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U.S. coalition jets bomb Islamic State-held town near Euphrates Dam
AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S-led coalition planes bombed an Islamic State-controlled town near the Euphrates Dam in northern Syria a day after the launch of a new phase of a campaign to capture the militants' defacto capital of Raqqa, activists and the militants said on Sunday.
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The forgotten generations: Palestinian refugees in Iraq
Palestinians in Iraq face an uncertain future with little hope of escaping life as stateless refugees.
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US-backed Syrian forces launch new offensive on Raqqa
The SDF says it aims to completely encircle the ISIL stronghold with increasing support from the US-led coalition.
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Turkey, US-coalition jets 'kill 47 ISIL fighters'
Military says a total of 47 fighters killed in northern Syria in clashes and air raids in the past 24 hours.
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Operation Euphrates Shield: Progress and scope
Ankara should focus on both its diplomatic capabilities and its firm control over the local friendly groups in Syria.
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Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Mosul 'cross into Syria'
Sources say more than 14,000 Iraqis have crossed Syrian border since October, including 8,000 who have reached Hasakah.
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Battle for Aleppo: Syria army intensifies air campaign
Total number of people killed in city since start of government offensive on Tuesday climbs to 150, activists say.
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Airstrikes in Syria’s besieged Aleppo kill more than 20
Airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday, killing more than 20 people and hitting a water pumping station on the third day of a renewed air campaign on the besieged territory, Syrian activists and rescue workers said.The Russian military meanwhile said airstrikes in the rebel-held pr...
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Battle for Mosul: Who controls what
Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, is now the scene of a battle for control between Iraqi, Kurdish, and ISIL forces.
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Turkey aims to fully secure borders early next year with Syria campaign
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey aims to have fully secured its borders in the first half of next year, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday, as Turkish-backed forces pursue a campaign to clear Islamic State and Kurdish fighters from a strip of northern Syria.
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Jets pound Aleppo's rebel-held areas, defying U.S.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Warplanes mounted the heaviest air strikes in months against rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo overnight, rebel officials and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.
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Jets pound Aleppo's rebel-held areas, defying US
Warplanes mounted the heaviest air strikes in months against rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo overnight, rebel officials and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.
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What could go wrong? Obama mulls arming Syrian Kurds against ISIS
The US may send weapons to Kurdish militias in Syria, hoping to launch a major offensive against ISIS while Obama is in office, the New York Times said, citing government sources. The plan would put the US on collision course with both Turkey and Syrian “rebels.” Read Full Article at
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One less ‘moderate’: US designates ISIS/Al Nusra ally a terrorist group
A rebel group operating in northern Syria has been designated by the US as a terrorist organization. Since its founding, Jund al-Aqsa has worked closely with the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS, but has not been viewed as terrorist until now. Read Full Article at
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Turkish soldiers killed by ISIL in Syria rocket attack
Turkish army says three of its soldiers were killed in an attack by ISIL near the town of al-Rai in northern Syria.
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Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army eliminates ‘terrorist microbes’ along Syrian border
The Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army has “eliminated” ISIS and other terrorist “microbes” along a 55-mile stretch of the Syrian border, two weeks after Ankara opened a new front in its Euphrates Shield military operation in northern Syria. Read Full Article at
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Syrians moving into caves, seeking shelter from bombings
Ahmad Ramadan, The Arab WeeklyNORTHERN SYRIA -- Amid Syria's civil war, families have made their homes in caves and ancient tombs in a des­perate attempt to shield themselves from bombardments.
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Baghdad, Erbil reach tentative agreement on Kirkuk oil sales
Jareer Elass, The Arab Weekly Iraq's federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Govern­ment have tentatively resolved their dispute over the export and sales of Kirkuk oil.
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RT on frontline: Syrian Army recaptures rebel-held academies, cuts off militant supply route
The Syrian Army has regained control over three military academies in Aleppo, cutting off the supply route used by militants in the eastern part of the city. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked to the soldiers who’ve been taking the city back, stone by stone. Read Full Article at
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Islamist factions to conditionally accept Syria cease-fire
Rebel factions in Syria are prepared to honor a U.S.-Russian-brokered cease-fire while communicating deep reservations about its terms, according to a leader in the powerful Ahrar al-Sham militia.The agreement is set to come into effect in stages beginning with a limited cease-fire tonight that allo...
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Airstrikes Pound Syrian Rebel-Held Areas Before Truce
The death toll from airstrikes in the rebel-held areas of Syria’s Idlib and Aleppo provinces rose to at least 90 people, a monitoring group said, ahead of a cease-fire agreed on by the U.S. and Russia.
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Gary Johnson apologizes for ‘what is Aleppo?’ blunder in New York
Geography-challenged presidential candidate Gary Johnson tried to make up for the foreign policy gaff with an impromptu primer on Syria.
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UN: Fighting displaces 100K in central Syria in 8 days
A shortage of shelter space means many displaced families are sleeping outdoors in parks        
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